A90 campaign returns to Holyrood

THE CONTINUED failure of the Scottish Government to build a fly-over at an accident blackspot on the A90 by Laurencekirk has once again been raised at Holyrood.

At a meeting last week, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MSP Mike Rumbles, who is a long-time supporter of the campaign to introduce a grade-separated junction at this area, praised the work of campaigner Jill Campbell.

Ms Campbell started her crusade back in 2004 following the death of 20-year-old Jamie Graham in a collision at the crossing.

There have been four fatalities at the blackspot in the past decade and activists have been incensed by the refusal so far by the Scottish Government to do anything about it.

And they were further angered by government plans to upgrade junctions at the Inveralmond and Broxden roundabouts in Perth and the Keir roundabout at Dunblane despite the fact there has been no fatal accidents at either site over the last 10 years.

Campaigners recently presented an 8,000-signiature petition to the government calling, once again, for a fly-over to be put in place and last month transport minister Keith Brown pledged to re-evaluate the case.

It is hoped that a decision will soon be made to upgrade the A937 junction - albeit seven years after it was first brought to the attention of politicians.

Mr Rumbles said that although the campaign has not yet succeeded definite progress has been made.

He added that this is an example of why the public petitions system is “a real success story.”

Mr Brown has since asked for more detailed work to be carried out to ascertain the cost for building a grade separated junction at the site.

Following a meeting last month local councillor David May said: “There is no doubt that crossing the junction is a problem at any time of the day but it is most dangerous at peak times and especially between 6.30 and 8.30am any weekday morning.”